Electric and Gas Service Requirements

PG&E's Electric and Gas Service Requirements, also known as the Greenbook, contains the minimum utility requirements for establishing gas or electric service to new or remodeled customer installations for architects, engineers, electrical contractors, plumbing contractors, city and county officials, and electrical equipment manufacturers.

The printed version of this manual is available from your local Service Planning office. Information and requirements in this manual are subject to change over time. The web version of the Electric and Gas Service Requirements is updated as changes occur, whereas the printed manual is updated at each scheduled printing. PG&E highly recommends that you refer to the web version for the most updated documents.

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All building and renovation services projects must be coordinated through the local PG&E Representatives before finalizing project plans. PG&E Building and Renovation Services will be able to ensure that all customer plans meet the most up-to-date PG&E requirements.

Gas Meter Locations

If your project requires the installation of new gas service, it is important to understand the requirements and preferred gas meter locations. You or your contractor may want to review the most commonly referenced sections of the Greenbook.

Section 2.4.2 Gas Meter-Set Locations

Section 2.4.2.E Minimum Separation between gas and electric meters (Figure 2-20)

Section 2.4.2.E Building openings, Vents, and Windows (Figure 2-21)

J-16 Gas Meter Room (PDF, 74 KB)

J-95 Meter Guard Design and Installation Arrangement (PDF, 75 KB)

A-93.3 Residential Excess Flow Valves (PDF, 298 KB)

Trenching

If you elect to trench and backfill on your own, you will be responsible for obtaining any permits required by your city or county building and planning department. You will also be subject to rigorous PG&E safety inspections. Although you may dig a trench yourself, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recommends that you use a licensed contractor.

For detailed information regarding safety, excavation, backfill, trench occupants, separation from other utilities, and conduit installation review the PG&E drawing provided with your PG&E representative.

You or your contractor may want to review the most commonly referenced sections of the Greenbook.

Gas Service Section
Section 2.3.4 - Joint Utility Service Trenches

Electric: Underground Sections
Section 3.3.3 Installing conduit for underground service

Section 3.4.1 Flexible Steel Mandrels to Prove Conduit System

Joint Trench Configuration and Occupancy Guide

Backfill Sand

Temporary Electric Service

If your project requires temporary construction power, PG&E advises you to work with your contractor to install your temporary meter panel and pole or post for your site in a location that is protected from hazards and vehicular traffic. You or your contractor may want to review the most commonly referenced sections of the Greenbook.

Overhead Electric Service
For details about the temporary service pole installation refer to "Requirements for Customer Owned Poles" at www.pge.com/CustomerOwnedPole (PDF, 375 KB).

Underground Electric Service
For details about the service post installation, grounding and trenching refer to the "Temporary Underground Electric Service" at www.pge.com/TempUndergroundElectric (PDF, 79 KB).

Residential Underground Services and Meter locations

Residential Overhead Services and Meter locations

Commercial and Industrial Underground Services and Meter locations

Commercial and Industrial Overhead Services and Meter locations

Agricultural Services

If your agriculture construction project requires the installation of new electric service, it is important to understand the requirements. You or your contractor may want to review the most commonly referenced sections of the Greenbook.

058087 Agricultural Overhead Service 300 Horsepower or Less (PDF, 137 KB)

054619 Agricultural Underground Service 500 Horsepower or Less (PDF, 91 KB)

Contacting Building and Renovation Services

For more information on how PG&E can help with the Building and Renovations Services please visit our Residential or Commercial and Agricultural Building and Renovation Services pages or call 1-877-743-7782.

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